The Jacksonville Jaguars have finally placed defensive end Aaron Kampman on injured reserve, the team announced. The defensive end tore his ACL last season, his first year after being signed as a free agent coming off of an ACL tear in Green Bay. Kampman was expected to be back for the start of the 2011 NFL season, but he suffered a setback with his injury after he played in the final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
After suffering the setback, Kampman missed the first five games of the 2011 season. Kampman returned against the Pittsburgh Steelers and played three games, sparingly, hardly doing anything noticeable. Kampman then went on to miss the next four games until finally being place in injured reserve today. To facilitate the move, the Jaguars waived/injured defensive end Marc Scheichl. The team also signed defensive end Jammie Kirlew to the practice squad and promoted tight end Colin Cloherty to the active roster.
The move honestly, should have been made weeks ago. It's curious the Jaguars held onto Kampman for so long on the roster, while being quick to place someone like running back Rashad Jennings on IR when his injury didn't require surgery and he was cleared by doctors mid-season to play. It's highly unlikely Kampman will return with the Jaguars in 2012. He signed a 4-year $24 million contract with $11 million guaranteed prior to the 2011 season and has played in just 11 games for the Jaguars. Kampman is due $4.975 million in 2012.